LETHBRIDGE - The Calgary Hitmen came back twice from a one goal deficit to beat the Hurricanes 5-3 Wednesday night.
A fast start for the home team in this game. Just a couple of minutes in, Jamal Watson hammered home the puck off a scramble in front of Calgary goal to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That was Watson's team-leading 3rd goal of the season. The Canes had a solid opening 20 minutes. They had three power plays, but were unable to score. The Hitmen had a couple of chances as well. Lethbridge would hold on to that lead for the whole period. The Canes out shot Calgary 15-8. The period ended with Canes Coach Drake Berehowsky and Calgary bench boss Mike Williamson exchanging some heated words on the ice as the Hurricanes staff walked across the ice to their dressing room. Neither coach got to each other as the officials stepped in to break up the conversation.
In the second, the Hitmen would pick things up a bit and eventually tie the game. Pavel Padakin shots beat Boes up high. The goal went to video review and it was upheld by the off-ice officials. The on-ice call by the referee was a good goal. That tied the game at 1-1. The Hurricanes would re-take the lead with a power play goal, thanks to Brady Ramsay. He roofed it over Chris Driedger to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead. Calgary though would storm back to tie it again and then take the lead for the first time. Greg Chase put the puck by Boes to tie the game at 2-2 and then with just a couple of minutes to go in the period, Jaynen Rissling's point shot got by Boes to put Calgary ahead 3-2 through 40 minutes of play. The Hitmen stormed back on the shot clock as well, out shooting the Canes 29-21 after two periods of play.
In the third, the Hurricanes would tie the game. A great pass from Sam McKechnie to Jamal Watson and he would get behind the Calgary defence and score his 2nd of the game and 4th of the season to even the score at 3-3. The Hitmen though would get that back soon after and then add some insurance to seal the game. Ben Thomas' shot got by Boes high to the blocker side and then in the dying minutes of the game, Zane Jones would score to make it 5-3 Calgary and that's the way the game would end. Calgary had a strong final two periods in this game. When it was all said and done, the Hurricanes were out shot 44-28. The loss drops the Canes record to 1-3-1 in 5 games this season. Lethbridge played a disciplined game, taking only two minor penalties. The Hitmen went 0/2 on the power play and the Hurricanes 1/4.
The Canes had 5 players out of the line-up Wednesday. Reid Duke and Macoy Erkamps are getting close to returning from injury. Axel Blomqvist suffered an injury in Edmonton and will be a few days. Reid Nemeth and Chris Tai were both healthy scratches.
Lethbridge Subway Super Series Tickets On-Sale
The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced a new mini-pack on sale for all hockey fans!
Fans can purchase the Subway Super Series Mini-Pack for only
$75.00. That includes one (1) ticket to the Subway Super Series game on November
28th AND three (3) Adult Flex tickets to any Hurricanes home game during the
2013-2014 regular season. The Lethbridge Hurricanes are excited
to be chosen as the host site for the sixth and final game in the Super Series
on November 28th which features teams of the Canadian National Junior Team
competing against the Russian National Junior Team. Tickets are
selling fast, so don’t wait until the last minute to miss out on this exciting
international hockey game on November 28th. Tickets for the Subway Super Series mini-packs can be
purchased by visiting the ENMAX Ticket Centre or by calling (403) 329-7328.
The Hurricanes will continue this short home stand on Saturday (Oct. 5) when they play their first opponent this season from outside the Central Division. The Seattle Thunderbirds will make their way to Lethbridge for the only meeting of the season between the two hockey clubs. Game time is 7:00 pm MDT at the ENMAX Centre. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. Fred and I will host the post-game show after that game LIVE from the ENMAX Centre lounge. After the Seattle game, he Canes won't play again until next Wednesday (Oct. 9) when Kootenay comes to town. The Hurricanes will then head off to B.C. for a week-long road trip starting October 11th in Victoria.